mHealth News Briefs with Tim Bredrup
Allscripts and MyCareTeam (MCT) recently launched their integrated diabetes management system to healthcare providers at HIMSS12. Integrating the MyCareTeam application with Allscripts Enterprise EHR is enabling patients and providers to collaborate to better manage diabetes between visits and in the office. UMass Memorial Health Care, the clinical partner of the University of Massachusetts Medical School, was the first hospital to use the integrated system, and a second implementation is now underway at University of South Florida (USF) Diabetes Center in Tampa.
Patients use MCT-Clinical for Diabetes, a software platform that is integrated with Allscripts Electronic Health Record, to regularly transmit their blood glucose readings directly from their glucose meters, along with blood pressure, weight, vital signs, caloric intake and exercise to a database via the Internet.
With the Allscripts integration, this data automatically connects to the Allscripts Enterprise EHR, and can create user-defined alerts that are routed to a diabetes educator, a care manager, a nurse, the patient’s primary care physician, or, if serious enough, an endocrinologist. This process can facilitate remote monitoring and coaching, and may increases user compliance with protocols.
Early results from UMASS and other studies also indicate it may help to reduce lengthy hospitalizations.